A character for Transhuman Space.
Ally Character Sheet
||ST 8 ; DX 10 ; IQ 13 ;
HT 11/9 
|| Administrative Rank (+3) ;
Ally (Heidi Knickerbacker;100 points, appears rarely) ;
Ally (Programmed; "Dieter") ; Ghost ; Less
Sleep (Ghost edited) ; Stickman* .
||Cannot Harm Innocents [-10];
Code of Honor (Always repay debts with interest, never lie
to family, don't attack someone who doesn't see it coming,
never lie to an employer) [-5]; Weak Will [-8].
Level Pts. Skill
----- ---- -----
14 6.0 Accounting
13 2.0 Acting ("Playing dumb")
14 4.0 Administration
13 1.0 Area Knowledge (Mars)
13 1.0 Area Knowledge (Noctis Labyrinthus, Mars)
12 0.5 Area Knowledge (Robinson City, Mars)
11 1.0 Astronomy
13 0.5 Camouflage
11 4.0 Climbing
14 2.0 Computer Operation
13 1.0 First Aid
11 1.0 Diplomacy
8 0.5 Driving (Automobile)
11 1.0 Ecology (Mars)
13 4.0 Economics
12 2.0 Electronics (Communications)
12 1.0 Electronics Operation (Sensors)
12 2.0 Engineer (Robotics)
13 0.0 English (Native)
12 2.0 Geology
12 1.0 German
12 1.0 Guns (Pistol)
10 1.0 Hiking
11 1.0 History
11 0.5 Japanese
9 2.0 Karate
12 2.0 Law
11 1.0 Literature
13 4.0 Mathematics
14 4.0 Mechanic (Robotics)
15 6.0 Merchant
11 1.0 Musical Instrument (Piano)
13 4.0 Naturalist (Mars)
11 0.5 Planetology (Earthlike)
13 2.0 Prospecting
12 1.0 Research
14 2.0 Savoir-Faire
11 4.0 Stealth
12 1.0 Surveying
14 4.0 Survival (Desert; Mars)
10 1.0 Swimming
11 0.5 Xenobiology (Terrestial)
|| English-13 (native) , Japanese-11
[½], German-12 .
||* Cybershell template modified
as follows: Radio Speech  removed; Acute Vision +2 ,
Infravision , and Nictating Membrane  added; DR 2
increased to DR 4 .
||Swears in German; Reverse-Solipsist.
Skills (incl. languages):
Humanoid Cybershell ("Stickman")
A cybershell template.
A very basic, relatively inexpensive, obviously mechanical,
-2 [-15]; HT +1 
Direction (Uses GPS, -20%) ; Doesn't Breathe ; DR 2
; Machine Body ; Radio Speech (Reduced range -4, -20%)
Identity [-5]; No Sense of Smell/Taste [-5]; Reduced Hit Points
-2 [-10]; Social Stigma (Valuable Property) [-10].
5-7 small computer or Complexity 6-8 compact microframe.
An NAI programmed ally.
||ST ; DX 10 ;
IQ 11 ; HT14/1 
|| NAI-7 .
||Virtual Interface Implant [-11].
||Accounting-14* , Area Knowledge-11
(New Shanghai) , Area Knowledge-10 (Nix Olympica) [½],
Cartography-10 (TL9) , Driving-10 (Automobile) , Ecology-11
(Mars) , Electronics-10 (Communications) , Electronics-8
(Computers) [½], Electronics-8 (Sensors) [½],
Geology-12 (Areology) , History-10 (21st Century), Mathematics-12*
, Photography-9 [½], Research-13 , Writing-12
|| Chinese-10 , English-11
||* Includes bonus from Mathematical
Knickerbacker was born May 26th, 1970 to Gerald and Elise Knickerbacker
of the Connecticut Knickerbackers, a reputable and wealthy family
that had emigrated to the U.S. in the 1880s. From an early age,
it was obvious he was a bright, outgoing, but strangely rational
child; a good heir to the family business (a massive international
conglomerate). He was given the finest private schooling and tutored
during the summers he spent in Cologne, Germany with his sister,
Heidi (ten years his junior), and their grandmother, Inge Knickerbacker.
age 22 (1992), he graduated from an ivy league university with
an MBA in Accounting. Lloyd's father, with great expectations,
put him in charge of one of the subsidiaries, a mining company.
Under his direction, the corporation was amazingly successful.
Five short years after his graduation, Lloyd's father had him
transferred to a higher position in the conglomerate as a CFO.
Meanwhile, Heidi had flunked out of the prestigious Westover School
in Connecticut. She despised her brother for all his success and
disappeared two months after the expulsion, leaving behind a venomous
note accusing her parents of favoritism (which wasn't entirely
inaccurate). A week after her disappearance, the elder Knickerbackers
were disgusted to find out Heidi had been living with a few rich
teenagers in Bavaria, attending parties, and, as Elise put it,
"wasting her unverantwortlich life."
Unfortunately in 1999, during his sister's four-year absence,
Lloyd's parents were tragically killed in a plane crash in Switzerland.
Heidi returned to Connecticut and Lloyd abruptly ceased working
for his father's company. After the funeral, the Knickerbacker
siblings learned that their parents' will had been altered, leaving
Lloyd ninety-five percent of the family's assets. Heidi was outraged
and fled to Cologne to sulk in her grandmother's mansion (Inge
had died in 1987). Lloyd also felt his parents had been unfair,
but didn't really know how to talk to his sister about it; they
hadn't been close. In fact, they'd barely seen each other since
1987, the last summer they both spent with grandma Inge.
He became depressed and isolated. With all the recent pain and
chaos, Lloyd quit the company and withdrew to his family's estate
in northern Connecticut. In 2002, catastrophe struck: the new
CFO of the Knickerbacker conglomerate was found to be thoroughly
corrupt. The company lost billions. Lloyd dragged himself back
into the corporate finances to try and clean up the damage.
In 2007, just as the company had begun to regain some of its former
power and reputation, Lloyd Knickerbacker was diagnosed with cancer
of the gastric cardia. The best doctors in the world could do
nothing to improve his condition; Lloyd knew he was going to die.
In 2009, Heidi returned from Germany to care for her brother.
The siblings became very close in the last months she spent at
his bedside. When Lloyd died on February 3rd, 2010, Heidi had
his body cryogenically frozen. Some called her obsessive, but
Heidi just couldn't bear to part with what had been her last living
In the 2070s, when it became obvious that the resurrection of
human minds was a real possibility, Heidi Knickerbacker (sole
heir to the family fortune and now in her 90s) dumped millions
into brain emulation research. In 2076, mere weeks after Gilbert
Stokes' uploading, Lloyd Knickerbacker was brought back to life
as an infomorph. Heidi had always been something of a technophobe.
Shortly before her brother's "rebirth," however, she
had a top-of-the-line, quadruple-redundancy mainframe installed
in a bunker at her estate and hundreds of thousands of dollars
worth of custom VR databases and programs designed to her specifications.
The completion of the ghosting was exciting and joyous for both
Heidi and Lloyd. For the next few weeks, the two spent a lot of
time together in the Knickerbacker mainframe reminiscing and discussing
the events of the last sixty-six years. In the last two-thirds
of a century, the family fortune had shrunk, but not too much.
Heidi was still worth a few billion dollars. She offered to have
a bioshell or cyberdoll created for Lloyd, but her brother refused.
This was the first indication that his personality had really
changed since the uploading. The old Lloyd would have jumped right
back into things; no more cancer, no more financial crises, hundreds
of exciting opportunities. But instead, he sat in his supercomputer,
poring over old news files and archived professional journals.
Lloyd never really got over the philosophical/spiritual dilemma
of ghosting. He just couldn't think of himself as real. U.S. law
said he wasn't a full person; he was the ward of his little sister.
Over the next few months, he stopped thinking of himself as "Lloyd"
all together. He was Lloyd's Ghost. Heidi's Project. Lloyd's Very-Good-But-Not-Good-Enough-Carbon-Copy.
For years, Lloyd Beta (as he'd come to think of himself) lived
without a real body. His sister tried to help acclimate him to
life in the present as best she could. In 2079, she had a simple
NAI, "Dieter," custom-designed for Lloyd. He finally
began to open up, venturing out into the web. In 2080, Lloyd decided
to attend an online European university to get his bachelor's
degree in geology, something that'd always been a minor interest
for the original Lloyd.
After a graduation party in 2082 (Lloyd progressed quickly through
school, having little else to do), Lloyd announced he'd be leaving
the Knickerbacker mainframe. He ordered a simple cybershell body
and told Heidi he'd pay her back for all her expenses. She wouldn't
think of it; she'd done it out of love and the money was all supposed
to be his anyway. Lloyd insisted. He owed her for the cryogenic
storage, the research, the brainpeeling, the programs and deebees,
his death, Lloyd had avoided using his old business skills. Though
he could probably have made money quicker if he'd relied on them,
he decided he would repay his debt through geological work. Somehow,
it felt more honest to him. Accounting and administration had
been Lloyd Alpha's thing. Lloyd Beta would be a scientist. Through
correspondence, he managed to secure a position as a private student
to a prominent professor at Mars University.
2083, he left for Mars (or, rather, had his body sent there).
Heidi, somewhat overprotective of her big brother, insisted on
upgrading and adapting his 'shell to operate safely and efficiently
on the red planet. Lloyd reluctantly agreed, but mentally added
the costs to his enormous IOU. When the refitting was complete,
Lloyd's cybershell housed two microframes, had improved armor,
and wildly enhanced optics. He even allowed his sister to install
LCD cladding, something he considered a needless luxury.
While his body was in transit to the fourth planet, Lloyd had
his program edited so that he'd require less sleep. A worthwhile
investment, he decided, if he could use it to study and work 12%
more than an ordinary human. In August, when his cybershell arrived
on Mars, Lloyd had himself and Dieter (his VI) beamed fifty million
miles to a secure server in New Shanghai.
From 2083 to 2088, Lloyd worked under Professor Davidson from
Nix Olympica studying soil acidity and erosion in the canyons
and valleys of the Noctis Labyrinthus. During this time, as he
became more comfortable with his existence as a ghost, he applied
for European Union citizenship. In order to further this effort,
he purchased a small amount of land within the territory of New
Amsterdam, one of the few EU habitats on Mars. He also maintains
a P.O. box and space on a private server in the main dome there.
2088, when Lloyd was granted EU citizenship, he legally changed
his name to Rusty. It didn't seem right to keep using the name
of his dead ancestor. He also happened upon an interesting job
opportunity well suited to someone with his unique abilities.
Until 2096, he worked for a small German biotech firm cataloging,
observing, and tagging wild animals in the Noctis Labyrinthus.
It didn't involve areology to any meaningful degree, but it paid
significantly more. He didn't need the money except to pay off
his debt to Heidi, his own expenses totaling barely 200 Euros
Rusty received a call from his great-niece in June, 2096. Her
business on Luna was being audited and experiencing some legal
problems. No one else in the Knickerbacker clan had the sort of
skill Lloyd had, so Rusty had himself beamed there to help Heidi's
granddaughter. When it became evident that the problems with her
corporation were going to take months to repair, Rusty ordered
his cybershell shipped from Mars. After his years alone in the
Martian wilderness, Rusty felt more comfortable in his own 'shell
than some stationary microframe (or worse, a rental cybershell).
As of mid-2098, Rusty's finished working out the numerous errors
in his great-niece's bookkeeping, attending hearings, and generally
repairing her business problems. Being engrossed in such trappings
has renewed his interest in finance
he's now tentatively
seeking employment in a corporation where he could flex his accounting
muscle. Though Heidi's all but begged him to return to Earth to
manage the family conglomerate, he's politely refused her offers.
Rusty's stickman cybershell is about six feet tall and mostly
covered with a sleek high-impact plastic chassis with LCD cladding.
Where the underlying endoskeleton has been left exposed, one can
glimpse metal joints, gaskets, and tight titanium meshes. The
upper torso shell is studded with a simple pattern of ports and
boltheads. The arms appear spindly from the shoulder to the elbow;
from there they widen into molded plastic pods which end in large,
but finely articulated four-fingered grippers. The head is deeper
and more smoothly rounded than a human's but is bevelled sharply
at the edge of the "jaw." Its only discernable features
are two recessed lenses in approximately the same position as
eyes. The speakers are located below the chassis surface and use
the entire "face" as a sounding board. Additional sensors
are located under the "jaw" edge and inside the chest.
overall effect is something like a skeleton in moon boots, thick
bracers, and a half-sweater. Only more cool looking and less creepy.
Mars Encumbrance Chart:
Character's weight: 140 lbs. (guessed; used ST/wt./height chart
BNE: 86.8, rounded to 85.
Level Formula Wt. Adj. Move
None-3 BNE-(9xST) 13___ +3 8____
None-2 BNE-(6xST) 37___ +2 7____
None-1 BNE-(3xST) 61___ +1 6____
None BNE+(5xST) 125__ +0 5____
Light BNE+(10xST) 165__ -1 4____
Med BNE+(15xST) 205__ -2 3____
Hvy BNE+(30xST) 325__ -3 2____
X-hvy BNE+(50xST) 485__ -4 1____
Net Access, 12 months pre-paid (x2, one for personal use,
one for private server)
small computer (C6) (in New Amsterdam)
canister containing 4 nanobugs
Medkit (+2 to First Aid)
teradisks + 10 holodisks
olive green arachnoweave satchel with buzzwear and videocloth
options (PD 2, DR 8)
sq. ft. foldable solar panel (UT12; D-cell equivalent output)
Reader software (ITW96; 10 GB; C4; +2 to Climbing)
Reader (ITW96; 10 GB; C4; +1 to Areology)
Telepresence software (10 GB; C4) + custom lifelike avatar
Databases (5 TB)
Misc. Entertainment InVids (5 TB; C3-5)
software (10 GB; C4)
VR Program (utter lifelike capable; 100 GB; C5)
VR Manager (1 TB; C6)
map of Lloyd Knickerbacker (2 GB)
virtual mansion (recreation of Grandma Inge's estate in Cologne,
Germany; 1 TB)
is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected."